Friday, December 30, 2016

Beast Files: Giant Armadillo

Common name: Giant Armadillo
Scientific name: Priodontes maximus
Pronounced: Pry-Oh-Dont-Ees Maximus

The giant armadillo, as you can guess based on its name, is the largest armadillo still in existence (We shall say nothing of their ancient spheroid relatives). They can weigh around 40-180 pounds when fully grown and have up to one hundred teeth, which surprisingly, is the largest amount of teeth of any terrestrial mammal. Instead of rolling up into balls, they burrow to protect themselves. Although they eat other creepy crawlies, like spiders, they prefer to munch on ants and termites.

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